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What Is A Kidner Procedure?
The Kidner procedure is a surgical procedure used to treat certain foot conditions, specifically accessory navicular syndrome. The accessory navicular is an extra piece of bone located on the inner side of the foot, near the navicular bone. In some individuals, the accessory navicular can cause pain, inflammation, and discomfort due to irritation of nearby tendons and tissues.
The Kidner procedure involves the surgical removal of the accessory navicular bone to relieve symptoms and improve foot function. The surgery is typically performed when conservative treatments, such as rest, orthotics, and physical therapy, have not provided sufficient relief.
The procedure generally involves the following steps:
- Anesthesia: The patient is usually given local or regional anesthesia to numb the foot during the surgery.
- Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision over the area of the accessory navicular bone.
- Bone removal: The surgeon carefully identifies and removes the accessory navicular bone from its attachment to the surrounding structures.
- Soft tissue adjustments: In some cases, the surgeon may need to make adjustments to nearby tendons or ligaments that could be contributing to the pain or irritation.
- Closure: After the bone removal and any necessary soft tissue adjustments are completed, the incision is closed with sutures, and the surgical site is dressed and bandaged.
After the procedure, the patient may need to use crutches or a walker to avoid putting weight on the foot during the initial healing phase. The surgeon will provide instructions for post-operative care, including wound care, pain management, and physical therapy exercises to aid in the recovery process.
The Kidner procedure is considered a safe and effective treatment for accessory navicular syndrome. It typically results in relief from pain and improved foot function. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, such as infection, nerve injury, and delayed wound healing. The decision to undergo the Kidner procedure is made after a thorough evaluation and discussion with an orthopedic surgeon, who will assess the individual’s specific condition, medical history, and overall health to determine if the procedure is the appropriate treatment option.